Understanding Patent Term Adjustments (PTA)
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by James Yang
5d ago
A patent gives inventors a right to exclude others from selling a competing product for 20 years.  The 20-year period is known as the patent term.  If the patent term can be extended, it would be a crucial factor in determining the profitability of the invention over the life of the patent. There are certain […] The post Understanding Patent Term Adjustments (PTA) appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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Which countries are members of the Patent Cooperation Treaty?
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by James Yang
5d ago
The official list of member countries of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) can be found on the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) website. Here is the link to the page which lists all member countries of PCT: PCT contracting states. This page lists all the member countries of the PCT, as well as the date […] The post Which countries are members of the Patent Cooperation Treaty? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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What is a double patenting rejection?
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by James Yang
1w ago
Double patenting is an issue that arises during the examination of an application for a patent. It occurs when an inventor attempts to obtain multiple patents for the same invention or obvious variations of the same invention. This leads to a rejection of a patent application because the Patent Office does not want inventors to […] The post What is a double patenting rejection? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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Should you conduct a patent search?
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by James Yang
2w ago
Conducting a patent search is a great idea before applying for a patent. A patent search can help you: determine if your invention is novel and nonobvious which are requirements for obtaining a patent, focus your attention on those areas that are more likely to be patentable, and avoid infringing on existing patents. What is […] The post Should you conduct a patent search? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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What is a continuation-in-part patent (CIP) application?
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by James Yang
2w ago
A continuation-in-part patent application is a type of application that incorporates the subject matter of the parent application and additionally includes new subject matter.  The inventor can now submit new claims, while still being able to claim the benefit of an earlier filing date for any subject matter (i.e., information) that was disclosed already in […] The post What is a continuation-in-part patent (CIP) application? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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What is a divisional patent application?
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by James Yang
2w ago
A divisional patent application is a type of application that is filed after an original nonprovisional patent application (also known as a parent application) has been filed. The divisional patent application is filed to pursue patent protection for features of the invention that was included in the original application but not yet claimed. The divisional […] The post What is a divisional patent application? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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What is the difference between the first inventor to file and the first to invent rules in the United States?
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by James Yang
3w ago
The difference between the first inventor to file and the first to invent rule in patent law is whether the Patent Office looks to the filing dates of the respective patent applications or the dates of the invention to determine who is awarded the patent. Under the first inventor to file rule, the Patent Office […] The post What is the difference between the first inventor to file and the first to invent rules in the United States? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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What is an application data sheet?
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by James Yang
3w ago
An application data sheet is a document submitted by the applicant listing the bibliographic data of the patent application. The bibliographic data includes: Header Information Inventor Information Correspondence Information Application Information Publication Information Representative Information Domestic Benefit/National Stage Information Foreign Priority Information Statement under 37 CFR 1.55 or 1.78 for AIA (First to Invent) Authorization […] The post What is an application data sheet? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angel ..read more
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How to read a patent?
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by James Yang
1M ago
The primary goal of reading a patent is to understand the meaning of the claims. Patent attorneys are taught that everything starts and ends with the claims. The claims define what is protected under the patent. The text of the patent explains the meaning of the words in the claims. The drawings must show each […] The post How to read a patent? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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Which ideas are eligible for patent protection?
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by James Yang
1M ago
All inventions are eligible for patent protection except for abstract ideas, laws of nature, and natural phenomena.  However, many inventions will not get patented.  The invention must be novel and nonobvious on the merits to be patented.  The distinction I’m making is between eligibility for patent protection versus patented. You need to understand this distinction […] The post Which ideas are eligible for patent protection? appeared first on Top-Rated Orange County Patent Lawyer | Helping Inventors in Orange County, Los Angeles County & Beyond | OC Patent Lawyer, Irvine CA ..read more
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